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Victoria is set to get improved mobile coverage and more reliable communications under Round 4 of the Federal Government’s mobile blackspot program.

Regional Services Minister Senator Bridget McKenzie on Thursday announced the locations of 32 new base stations in Victoria, which she said would improve mobile coverage in regional and remote communities.

The new Victorian sites include base stations at Chum Creek, Bealiba, Licola and Toolleen.

“Reliable and effective mobile communications are a key driver of the enormous contribution that our regions make to Australia’s economic growth,” said Senator McKenzie.

“Greater availability of mobile services is a big deal. It means staying safe in remote areas, keeping in contact with family and friends, unlocking access to online health and education services as well as increased tourism and business opportunities.”

Under Round 4 of the program, $21.7 million will be invested in mobile infrastructure in Victoria, including $6.5 million funding from the Commonwealth and $5.8 million from the Victorian Government.

Senator McKenzie said the Mobile Black Spot Program was delivering 1047 new base stations and generating more than $760 million of new investment in mobile infrastructure including contributions from state and local governments, mobile network operators, businesses and local communities.

Base stations under the first three rounds are scheduled to be operational by 30 June, and round 4 base stations are expected to roll out shortly with the first new base stations being activated by the second half of the year.

The round 4 mobile black spot locations in Victoria:

Site Name, State, Carrier:

  • Barfold, VIC, Optus
  • Bealiba, VIC, Optus
  • Bellfield, VIC, Optus
  • Berringama, VIC, Telstra
  • Berrys Creek, VIC, Telstra
  • Calder Highway (Site 1) ,VIC, Optus
  • Cape Conran, VIC, Telstra
  • Chum Creek, VIC, Optus
  • Freeburgh/Smoko, VIC, Telstra
  • Glenloth East, VIC, Telstra
  • Grampians Rd (Halls Gap To Dunkeld), VIC, Telstra
  • Graytown, VIC, Optus
  • Grenville, VIC, Optus
  • Jancourt East, VIC, Telstra
  • Langkoop, VIC, Telstra
  • Licola, VIC, Telstra
  • Lima South (Midland Highway), VIC, Telstra
  • Manorina, VIC, Telstra
  • Maude, VIC, Telstra
  • Mena Park, VIC, Telstra
  • Merricks, VIC, Optus
  • Mooralla, VIC, Telstra
  • Mount Alfred, VIC, Telstra
  • Sandhill Lake, VIC, Telstra
  • Teesdale, VIC, Telstra
  • Telopea Downs, VIC, Telstra
  • Toolleen, VIC, Optus
  • Toolondo, VIC, Optus
  • Wilkur, VIC, Telstra
  • Wongarra, VIC, Telstra
  • Wye River, VIC, Telstra
  • Yanac, VIC, Telstra


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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).


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